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Faith Leaders’ Summit OCT 2018

FAITH LEADERS’ SUMMIT

Join LifeNet Health for the 2018 Faith Leaders’ Summit

Life, Death and the Gift of Life Through Donation:
New Insights from Faith and Science Perspectives.

Sessions/Keynote Topics Are:

  • Donation overview
  • The partnership of the medical and faith communities in donation
  • The future of donation
  • Tissue donation and the implications for funerals and last rites
  • Personal stories from donor families and recipients
  • Death from a personal, medical and theological perspective

Oct. 24-25, 2018 at the

Institute of Regenerative Medicine

1884 Concert Drive

Virginia Beach, VA 23453

 

here is the Printable flyer:  Faith Leaders Summit-INVITE

JUBILEE FUND APPLICATION NEW DEADLINE – MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018

The Jubilee Fund Committee has extended their 2018 application deadline date to Monday, April 9, 2018.  Please have your application into the synod office by this date.  For your convenience, the application, checklist and guidelines are provided.

Jubilee Fund 2018 App-Deadline Extended

Jubilee Fund 2018 Checklist

Jubilee Fund 2018 Guidelines-v1

Synod Participates in Press Conference on Federal Budget

Synod Participates in Press Conference about the Federal Budget

Please read the complete article

Presbyterian ministers gather at U.S. Capitol
to speak up on federal budget proposal

Presbyterian ministers gather at U.S. Capitol to speak up on federal budget proposal

Group advocates for stronger social program emphasis

by Henry Stone (linked above)

 

The video is available here:

Posted by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Washington Office on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Faith Community Response

National Council of Churches –
Member Communions Respond to Harvey Disaster

August 30, 2017

National Council of Churches and its Member Communions Respond to Hurricane Harvey

The National Council of Churches mourns the loss of life and the forced displacement of thousands caused by Hurricane Harvey. We are grateful many of our member communions have responded with relief efforts to aid those who are suffering as a result of the unprecedented amount of rain that has affected Houston, Harris County, and the surrounding area. We are also heartened by the many stories of the commitment of first responders to save lives and of neighbors helping neighbors. It is in times of crises that we see the potential of the human spirit to extend a caring hand across boundaries that may otherwise divide us. We pray that all who remain at risk be kept safe and that the waters recede quickly.

We also recognize that recovery will be a long process and implore the federal government to respond quickly and generously without cuts to human needs assistance programs.

We encourage people of faith everywhere to support the relief agencies of their particular communion generously and to support the people of Houston and the Gulf Coast past the time of crisis to alleviate the long term effects of this disaster.

 

I call upon you, for you will answer me,
O God,
Incline your ear to me, hear my words.
Wondrously show your steadfast love,
O savior of those who seek refuge

Psalm 17:6-7a, NRSV

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Additional Member Communion Resources

 

Contact NCC at keith.swartzendruber@nationalcouncilofchurches.us

Lesane Issues Call to Action

A Statement to Presbyterians and Others following the Charlottesville Disturbances:

 

Our Souls are disturbed! Our Spirits are shaken! Yet, we do not lose faith!

Presbyterians in the Mid-Atlantic Region are being called to speak out against Hatred, Injustice and Racism of all kind, particularly that which was demonstrated in Charlottesville, VA, Saturday, August 12, 2017. This region (Synod of the Mid-Atlantic) is the largest number of Presbyterians (U.S.A.) in the denomination.

Can we use this collective presence for a forceful and visible voice for justice, equality and unity in the midst of Hatred?

White supremacists and neo-Nazis marched around the city chanting racist epitaphs. We saw visible symbols and activities, which at one point in history, were conducted in the shadows of the night. We heard the voices of young white men yelling racist words. We saw those carrying torches, Confederate flags and displaying Nazi symbols. One of God’s children was killed resulting from a car ramming the crowd. Two State Troopers died in a helicopter crash responding to the disturbance.

These activities are an affront to this nation.

Governor Terry McAuliffe responded forcefully to this matter and so did the Mayor of Charlottesville in their denouncement. It is clear that the President of the United States has chosen not to denounce these activities. Further, it is an affront to Presbyterians alike.

I believe that through the eloquent and poignant words of Teaching Elder Robina Marie Winbush, who wrote Day 4 in the 30 Days with the Belhar Confession, we can see our charge for the days ahead. She wrote,

“In so many places throughout the world, humanity finds ways to divide along race, class, caste, ethnicity and other humanly created boundaries. We use these boundaries to create social structures that are committed to maintaining systems of division and hostility.

“In both the United States and South Africa these structures were undergirded by theologies developed by “Christian” theologians who argued that it was God’s intention that humanity be separated, particularly along racial lines and that white supremacy was divinely ordered. The Confession of Belhar denounces such theology as heresy and reminds us that God gave us the gift of unity, even though this unity is often distorted by human brokenness. Therefore, we are called to work for the full realization of this gift. However, unity is not a passive acceptance of unjust systems for the sake of a false peace. It is the hard work of dismantling the systems that divide and subjugate sisters and brothers and building societies marked by justice and love.

“We live between the promise of the reign of God in Jesus the Christ and the fulfillment of that reality on earth is it is in heaven.”

 

Some Challenges for Presbyterians include, but are not limited to the following:

  • That Teaching/Ruling Elders and members take serious this gift of Unity and work judiciously to denounce racism, white supremacy and the evil acts of all hate groups.
  •  That Presbyteries assist its leadership and congregations to engage in the substantive work of Race and Reconciliation.
  •  That Presbyterians recommit themselves to ecumenical and interfaith work.
  •  That Presbyterians join in advocating for legislative policies that guard against such hatred and provide protection for those the hatred is targeting.
  •  That Presbyterians work for Peace and Unity in the places that you live and have influence.
  •  That Presbyterians Pray without ceasing!

In God’s Grace,

Warren J. Lesane, Jr.
Executive and Stated Clerk for the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic

 

A PDF- ADOBE version of this statement is found here.

J. Herbert Nelson-African American Profiling in Missouri

Please direct your attention to the link below received from PCUSA Stated Clerk, J. Herbert Nelson.  His office has received from the NAACP in Missouri. His office is also in conversation with St. Louis officials related to the upcoming 2018 GA.

oga.pcusa.org/section/churchwide-ministries/general-assembly-meeting-service/